Originally created 07/08/06

MCG president gets new title, responsibilities



ATLANTA - A reshuffling of positions at the University System of Georgia means a new title for Medical College of Georgia President Daniel W. Rahn.

Beginning July 17, Dr. Rahn will be senior vice chancellor for health and medical programs under a reorganization announced Friday. He will remain in his post at MCG.

The head of the state's main public medical college has been a prominent figure in several efforts to study or reform the state's health-care system over the past few years. Dr. Rahn said the new responsibilities would take up about 10 percent of his time. But he plans to scale back some of his other work to make sure the new job doesn't interfere with his focus on MCG.

"I'm committed to not letting it do that," Dr. Rahn said.

Dr. Rahn will be responsible for trying to coordinate efforts by the state's network of public colleges and universities to address shortages in several health professions. For instance, the lack of nurses, already beginning to be felt around the state, is expected to get worse over the next few years.

Working to increase cooperation among several programs spread across several state institutions will be the focus, Dr. Rahn said.

John Millsaps, a spokesman for the system, said Dr. Rahn was a logical choice for the position after he led a task force that looked into ways to address the shortage.

The move places different portions of the university system under three executive positions in an effort to streamline the agency, Chancellor Erroll Davis said.

The reorganization is the second major move spearheaded by Mr. Davis since he took the job in February. In April, the board of regents agreed to a "Fixed for Four" program that guarantees a student the same tuition rate for the first four years of college.

Reach Brandon Larrabee at (404) 681-1701 or brandon.larrabee@morris.com.